Season 4: Roots & Routes

The fourth season of Asia & the Pacific Screens explores transnational and transcultural experiences that inflect our understanding of ‘China’ and ‘Chinese’, past and present. While responding to the global impact of China’s recent rise, these films also emphasize the long legacy of Chinese transnational movements. How have such migrations created specific cultural experiences? How do diverse Chinese communities globally articulate their identities, as well as their cultural or political aspirations? What are the benefits and challenges of intercultural lives in a world of unequal powers? What has been the impact of China on international networks of capital and labour? These are some of the questions raised in stories from Northern Australia to Britain, from Myanmar to Japan. This series especially highlights three films from Chinese-Australia, bringing these filmmakers from around the country to present their work in conversation.
05
Jun
2015

The Trouble Shooters 顽主

Adapted from a novel by renowned Chinese writer Wang Shuo, The Troubleshooters is a comedy set in 1980s Beijing, about three friends who open a company specialising in fulfilling people’s dreams — even just for one day. Soon they are called upon to stage all kinds of wish-fulfilling scenarios to realise people’s fantasies, as well as trying solve their practical problems.

The Trouble Shooters 顽主

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01
Jul
2015

Floating Life 浮生

Mr Chan and his wife relocate from Hong Kong to suburban Australia in order to stay closer to their daughter, Bing, who lives in Sydney. Other members of the Chan family have remained in Germany and Hong Kong, but the parents of the Chan clan try to settle in Australia, along with two younger sons. However, their presence creates tension that threatens to fracture the family altogether.

Floating Life 浮生

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02
Sep
2015

North of Capricorn

Based on the eponymous book by historian Henry Reynolds, North of Capricorn is a new documentary that looks at a part of Australia like no other, north of the tropic of Capricorn. The deep North’s rich heritage goes way back before colonial times, when Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian traders came to fish for sea cucumbers or trade with the local Indigenous people, plantation owners kidnapped Pacific Island workers, and the fledgling pearl ind

North of Capricorn

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07
Oct
2015

My Name, My Family 我的姓氏我的家

To comply with her grandmother’s last wishes, Cun Xuan makes her first visit to their ancestor’s hometown, Heshun, in west Yunnan, the hometown of many overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Inspired to learn more about her own family, Cun crosses the border to Mandalay, Myanmar, to meet her uncle’s family. Spending time with them, she shares their rituals and gradually gains their acceptance.

My Name, My Family 我的姓氏我的家

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04
Nov
2015

Australian-Chinese cinema in conversation

This is a special screening of two Australian-Chinese films (China Dolls, directed by Tony Ayres, 1998, 30 mins and Chinese Take Away, directed by Mitzi Goldman, 2002, 52 mins).

China Dolls
Directed by Tony Ayres
1998, 30 mins, Australia

China Dolls and Chinese Take Away

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02
Dec
2015

When China Met Africa 中非遇

A historic gathering of over fifty African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia, where the lives of three characters unfold. Mr Liu is one of thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who have settled across the continent in search of new opportunities. He has just bought his fourth farm and business is booming. In northern Zambia, Mr Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company is upgrading Zambia's longest road.

When China Met Africa 中非遇

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16
May
2015

A Village Across the World 跨越世界的村莊

A Village Across the World follows a group of foreign English-teaching volunteers into the cultural and emotional landscape of a Chinese village. Tucked away in the mountains, the village of Huangtian seems to be a poor, forgotten outpost unaffected by dynamic changes happening elsewhere in China. Yet the arrival of the volunteers reveals rich historical memories and changing power structures underlying the life of the village.

A Village Across the World 跨越世界的村莊

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03
Jun
2015

Black Cannon Incident 黑炮事件

A rare political satire, Black Cannon Incident was among the harbingers of the New Chinese Cinema that garnered international attention from the mid-1980s.

Black Cannon Incident 黑炮事件

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04
Jun
2015

Lessons in Dissent 未夠秤

Filmed between 2011-2012, Lessons in Dissent follows highschool student Joshua Wong and his former schoolmate, Ma Jai, as they lead a protest against the proposed National Education curriculum in Hong Kong's schools, which they reject as patriotic indoctrination. Ma Jai (17), is a school dropout active in the League of Social Democrats; while Wong (15) founds ‘Scholarism’ to fight the proposals, but soon gets swept into the media spotlight.

Lessons in Dissent 未夠秤

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